R.J. Ellory

2012 - Top Books

Anybody who knows me will be aware that I'm mathematically challenged. Besides, I hate giving numbers of stars as reviews and Top 5's or 10's or whatever numbers give me heartburn, so instead, I wanted to just re-mention some of the books that made my reading 2012. I was rather pleased to have hit the 120 that I set myself as a goal on Goodreads (in fact if I was up to date with reviews) I reckon that number will end up much closer to 140, which is not a bad effort given that it was a hellishly busy year all round. But enough waffle.

A DARK AND BROKEN HEART - R.J. Ellory

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Book Title: 
A Dark and Broken Heart
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Author's Home Country: 
United Kingdom
ISBN: 
9781409124146
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
USA
Publisher: 
Orion
Year of Publication: 
2012

Currently Reading - A Dark and Broken Heart, R.J. Ellory

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Okay, well I make no bones about the fact that the arrival of an R.J. Ellory book means that it jumps ... straight to the top of the pile. No hestitation whatsoever.

From the Blurb:

How long can a man escape judgement? A dark and atmospheric thriller from the award-winning author of A Quiet Belief in Angels.

It should have all been so easy for Vincent Madigan. Take four hundred grand from the thieves who stole it in the first place and who could they turn to for help?

Memorable Books from 2011

Whilst I can normally manage to cobble together one of those dreaded "Top 10" listings for some of the mailing lists or, just before Christmas, on the Sisters in Crime website, I hate doing them.  It's such an arbitrary number, and doesn't even allow me the luxury of a favourite book per month.  So instead, a few reminders to myself on what really stayed with me from last year's reading list of 135 books.

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BAD SIGNS, R.J. Ellory

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Book Title: 
Bad Signs
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Author's Home Country: 
United Kingdom
ISBN: 
9781409104773
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Thriller
Location: 
USA
Publisher: 
Orion
Year of Publication: 
2011

Currently Reading - Bad Signs, R.J. Ellory

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From the Blurb:

Orphaned by an act of senseless violence that took their mother from them, half-brothers Clarence Luckman and Elliott Danziger start life with two strikes against them.  Raised in state institutions, unaware of the world outside, their lives take a sudden turn when they are seized as hostages by a convicted killer en route to death row.

SAINTS OF NEW YORK - R.J. Ellory

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Book Title: 
Saints of New York
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Author's Home Country: 
United Kingdom
ISBN: 
9781409104759
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Thriller
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
New York
USA
Publisher: 
Orion
Year of Publication: 
2010

Currently Reading - Saints of New York, R.J. Ellory

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Nearly finished with the catchup, but this was a book I'd been saving for a discussion on Murder & Mayhem, which I promptly missed because of illness.  But reading the book was no trial at all!

From the Blurb:

The death of a young heroin dealer causes no great concern for NYPD Detective Frank Parrish - Danny Lange is just another casualty of the drug war.  But when Danny's teenage sister winds up dead, questions are raised that have no clear answers.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Top Ten(s) of 2010

Having just posted my top 10 (with wiggle room) on 4MA - I thought I'd repeat it here.  Mind you, it's a thankless task having to pick an arbitrary number out of all the great books I've been lucky enough to read this year....

THE ANNIVERSARY MAN - R.J. Ellory

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Book Title: 
The Anniversary Man
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Author's Home Country: 
United Kingdom
ISBN: 
9780752898759
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Publisher: 
Orion
Year of Publication: 
2009